Guidelines For Comments

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood”.

treehouse21.) First, please READ THIS ENTIRE THREAD – and the full context of any discussion thread you wish to participate in. Skipping to the comments to express an opinion without reading the content of the discussion is not helpful. Often we find many of the points injected into comments are already outlined in the construct of the thread itself.

2.) STAY ON TOPIC – please do not post something unrelated to the specific matter and content of the thread subject. There is a ALWAYS a daily open thread available for any subject you feel should get attention. However, if we are currently investing time in a current case discussion (ex. Zimmerman/Martin, Wilson/Mike Brown, Chambers) DO NOT, post those topics on the Daily Open Thread.

3.) NARROW YOUR THOUGHTS – Quality beats quantity. Construct your comments to target specific areas and not broad generalizations about the discussion topic at hand. If you have four or five disconnected points, break them up into individual comments.

4.) AVOID GENERALIZATIONS – words like “he, she, they, it, them” should rarely be used. Spell out “who” using the name, spell out who “they” are at the beginning of every sentence in your paragraph; so that there is clarity as to who you are talking about.

5.) BLOCK PARAGRAPHSDo not post huge blocks of text. Think of the reader, and modify your presentation for understanding, not for exclaiming. Do not write to yourself, you are writing to others, so please structure your presentations such that other people can grasp and enjoy. NEVER post massive blocks of text without paragraph breaks.

Do not post huge blocks of text

6.) PARAGRAPHS – Should NEVER be longer than two or three sentences taking up three to five standard lines of text. Again, you are writing to understand, not to be understood, the emphasis should be on the reader comprehending what you are sharing.

Do not post huge blocks of text

7.) SPELLING AND PUNCTUATION – This is not school and we do not demerit for poor spelling, nor do we allow anyone to call others out for the same. However, if your construct is too poorly written the context is lost and important details can be missed.

Do not post huge blocks of text

8.) TIME – Everyone ‘s time is valuable. Some of our discussion threads are 500 to 1,000+ comments long. Please try not to duplicate the commentary that might already exist and has been missed because the entire thread has not been analyzed. We try to limit the comments to 500 and then post another related thread, but with some research threads it is challenging to do so because we do not want to break a continuity.

Do not post huge blocks of text

9.) THOUSANDS ARE WATCHING – For every person writing, there are 1000 or more reading lurkers. Do not write anything you would not say in your own living room. Do not disparage our conversation with vulgarity, profanity, or any expressions of any “ism”.

Troll10.) MODERATION / FILTERING THE HATE – Because of our honest approach at seeking facts and truth, and openly discussing various analytical theories along the way, we are bombarded by those with ulterior motives which include:

  • Intentional efforts to distract
  • Intentional diatribes to affix labels to our objectives
  • Intentional expressions of rabid hate, vulgarity, and threats.
  • Trolling and professional obfuscation.
  • Concern Trolling as a tool of distraction and derailing conversation.
  • Psy-ops and Intentional Efforts to diminish fact-finding.

We do our earnest best to stop the agenda hoard at the moderation gates, however sometimes they get through. If you see something untoward say something. When a new comment surfaces that we view is only presented to argue, we watch carefully – but we also are not perfect. You can help. Feel free to alert us via email.

11.) MANNERS MATTER – Simple kindnesses and courtesy should always be present in tone and content. When writing ask yourself before you hit “send” does this add value?

SUMMARY: You, the Treehouse community have historically accomplished a lot. Through exhaustive research and analysis our accuracy and reputation for truthful fact-finding, regardless of where it leads, is well regarded. Retain that distinction of intellectual armament.

We are The Conservative Treehouse, not because of political affiliation, but rather because the word “conservative” expresses our outlook. We would rather be deep, than wide; we would rather be honest, than popular; we avoid semantics in favor of accurately presenting both intention and meaning.

We are bold in our willingness to go into conversational places where others do not, and we are brave enough to stand firm for principles which are time tested.

We would rather advertise our outlook so the viewer can understand our perspective on a particular subject, than deceptively claim we are something else and deliver an inherently biased view. The entire spectrum of the MSM is based on the latter.

Every reader knows where we stand on any given issue, and our opinions -while they may be unpopular- are based on solid research and analytical insight into the subject matter at hand. This is why our predictive analysis is routinely more accurate than others.

Lastly, this Treehouse is a conversation. Just like sitting on a porch with friends.

Because the “conversation” is the ends and not the means, this approach inherently means YOU are the important part:

[Remember] …”However each of us got here, it’s probably a fact that we have the turmoil of those storms in common, perhaps some unease that we could share and always, we also find fresh ground to cover from day to day.

We’re developing valuable relationships as we trust one another in our community in the woods. The chatting in the branches encourages, strengthens and equips for some serious walking.

We think the Treehouse is a good armory for those who doing long distance walking for the sake of our nation. We hope you’ll think so, too. Find yourself a good branch….or just pull up a rock to the campfire”.

The smores can be enjoyed because our Wolverines faithfully patrol the perimeter.

And more often than not…

dog in tree

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6 Responses to Guidelines For Comments

  1. lovelyd24 says:

    May I add one more guideline?

    Please if you hit post and your post does not appear, don’t gripe about it, don’t complain, whine or become indignant. This site is being swamped with comments, Word Press loses some, some posts get flagged as spam without the moderators having anything to do with it, some are sent to moderation purgatory because of a pattern of less than conducive posting, some posts it seems are flagged because of certain words that immediately raise a red flag.

    Moderation gets to each post as best they can, complaining that something you wrote hasn’t posted, being angry that it hasn’t posted, inferring censorship because it hasn’t posted will all simply give the moderators more work and cause a further delay in your post making it to the board.

    I assume some agenda driven posters are blocked as they are not here to further any discussion but to cause infighting, havoc and general unhappiness among the posters. CNN, MSNBC, ABC et al will be more than happy to give a forum to the folks who want to tell the posters and moderators at TCTH that we are all nincompoops so those who come here with the intention to sow disharmony are more than welcome to go to any MSM site and lambast the views and mission here until you are satisfied that you have gotten all their just indignity off of your chest. It is ok to hate the mission here, it is even ok to claim that you are above hate and are only trying to correct wrong thinking, but to that I will simply safe ignorance is far more dangerous than bliss.

    I hit post and sometimes my post appears, sometimes it doesn’t most often it eventually does. It is not personal it is the nature of an online community. I posted one about Governors Bryants ridiculous response to the Chambers case it seems to have disappeared, I’ll try again tomorrow with a little different wording, all is good.

    Peace, mindful posting and patience to all.

    And thanks to the mods 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  2. maggiemoowho says:

    The CTH search bar is the best, I use it all the time when searching for prior topics or to see if something was already discussed. To see if someone already posted a comment about a topic, do a google search on that topic and add Conservative Treehouse in the search. Those comments pop right up.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mist'ears Mom says:

      Also you can check the Reader tag at the top of the page and it will take you to the discussion thread.
      Wordpress is a little wonky sometimes. If you don’t see your post wait a few minutes or log out/return to home and come back and it’s often there.
      Thanks for posting again! Unfortunately the popular threads get bogged down with minutiae posting that adds nothing to the thread. JMO

      Liked by 1 person

  3. holly100 says:

    Do not post huge blocks of text. YES!

    Come on people! White space is just as important to post as are words.

    Like

  4. Amy says:

    Thank you for taking the time to post this.

    Like

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